Rockland man charged for assault with a hammer
Warren — A 21-year-old Rockland man was arrested during the weekend for assaulting another man with a hammer and then fleeing into the woods, according to police.
Gabriel P. Grover has been charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of criminal mischief and one count of terrorizing following a June 23 incident that left one man injured and a windshield smashed with a rock. He is being held at Knox County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Knox County Sheriff deputies John Hansen, Paul Pinkham and Game Warden Mark Merrifield responded to a call of a fight involving a hammer on the Western Road in Warren. When authorities arrived, they interviewed the victim, who told police Grover "lost it" following a verbal argument and had assaulted him with a hammer, according to an affidavit filed in court.
The man was holding a bloody towel to his hand and had a red mark on his forehead from being struck with a hammer, he told police. Warren Emergency Medical Service responded to the scene, but the victim refused treatment.
A vehicle in the driveway had been damaged, and police were told Grover had taken a rock and heaved it onto the windshield, smashing it.
Grover then reportedly threatened to kill everybody on the property before running into the woods without a shirt or shoes on, said court papers.
Merrifield found Grover shortly after in a car driven by another individual and apprehended him. Grover told police he had done nothing wrong.
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